WSF 2014: Evironmental Reliability of Renewable Energy Technologies
Thursday, 24 July 2014 from 19:30 to 21:00 (BST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Why does no one tell me how "green" is my solar panel? Sounds like a fuzzy question - but, in fact, it is vital to ask it and to answer it - scientifically and accurately...
If you buy a solar panel to put on your roof in order to generate electricity, you can calculate online a fairly accurate answer about how many years it takes to pay back your initial financial investment (The answer is typically about a decade, so even if it only lasts at least 20 years, you still get twice the money back). But can you repeat this calculation - environmentally - instead? After all, your solar panel took energy to make. And carbon was emitted during its manufacture.
Tonight we will discover... How much global warming does the process of making a solar panel cause? How well does this negative initial impact stack up - against its carbon savings when it is actually being used? Also, how do different microgeneration technologies compare against each other: Solar electricity v solar heating v heat pumps v wind turbines, and so on, in terms of "lifetime carbon environmental payback multiples"?
Some of the answers from some of these "Life Cycle Analysis" studies can be alarming. Why are we not told?
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